Real Estate News Near Disney Orlando

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Due to the turbulence in the recent economy, there are a few different types of real estate sales that one hears about frequently. When preparing to enter the real estate market, whether as a seller or a buyer, it is important to know the terms used, and the implications of each type of sale.

Short Sale Property


You often will hear the term “short sale”. A short sale is when the homeowner owes more on their mortgage than the home can sell for in today’s real estate market. There are a few ways this can happen. One way is when a homeowner takes out an equity loan (to pay off other bills) that amounts to greater than the home can sell for including closing costs.

Another way this could happen would be if the homeowner originally bought the home with what

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Votes are tallied!

More than 150,000 votes were collected in this year’s REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” Web Choice online poll to select the "30 Under 30" Web Choice Award winner. Voting closed at midnight on March 28. The highest vote-getter from the 50 finalists was Juan Carlos German, ABR®, e-PRO®, of Orlando, Fla. German, who’s with Orlando Classic Homes, says friends and family helped him garner his 35,997 votes!

bg-quote-open_47This is an outstanding honor for me because real estate is a people’s business, and having my peers, friends and family vote for me and select me as the Web Choice Award winner is unbelievable. I couldn’t have done it without everyone who voted and every past client who’s believed in me and my services and supported Carlos German &

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Increases in the median sales price of both bank-owned homes and short-sale homes have helped Orlando’s overall median home price increase for the third consecutive month, to $115,000!

Members of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association reported an increase of 32.74 percent on completed home sales from April 2009 to April 2010. In addition to this great news is the fact that the number of new contracts filed in April 2010, is an increase of 53.02 percent over April of last year!

Another indicator that the real estate market in Florida is improving is that there are 86.18 percent more homes (10,832) under contract and awaiting closing in April of this year than in April of last year (5,818).

Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association Chairman of the

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If you thought that the idea of real estate being a great investment was a thing of the past, think again.  The fact that the home prices are so low and rent has not dropped to match, investors are beginning to come back.  Another interesting change is that there is an increase of buyers paying with cash.

The share of home sales involving all-cash transactions was 26 percent in January, up from 18 percent a year earlier,
according to the National Association of Realtors.  The reason for investors paying cash is largely due to the fact that they can avoid paying interest charges on loans and get a larger return on their investment.

National Association of Realtors data shows a pickup in investment activity. Home purchases made by investors climbed to 17

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Members of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association filed 4,043 new sales contracts in the month of February, the greatest monthly tally since 2005!  That is a jump of 66.1 percent from last February’s numbers. 

“The new-contract statistic is an important indicator to consider in our current market, as it reflects real-time buyer interest. I expect activity in this category to continue to pick up into late spring as buyers take advantage of the tax credit before its April 30 deadline”, said ORRA Chairman of the Board Kathleen Gallagher McIver, RE/MAX Town & Country Realty. 

More good news:  the median price of all existing homes combined sold in February 2010 increased 7.06 percent from January 2010.  February’s median price was $109,200, which includes

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Vacation-home sales recovered in 2009 while investment sales fell sharply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

NAR’s 2010 "Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey," covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2009, shows vacation-home sales rose 7.9 percent to 553,000 last year from 513,000 in 2008, while investment-home sales fell 15.9 percent to 940,000 in 2009 from 1.12 million in 2008. Primary residence sales rose 7.1 percent to 4.04 million in 2009 from 3.77 million in 2008.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said, “The typical vacation-home buyer is making a lifestyle choice, with nine out of 10 saying they intend to use the property for vacations or as a family retreat. Investment buyers primarily seek rental income, with

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Juan Carlos German, REALTOR®, ABR®, e-PRO®, and team leader at Carlos German & Team, has been selected as one of 50 semi-finalists for REALTOR® Magazine's "30 under 30" feature! If chosen, Carlos’ profile will appear in the June 2010 issue, along with profiles of a diverse group of practitioners from around the country. Carlos was chosen for his strategic vision, deep commitment to clients, outstanding leadership, innovative uses of technology, and active community involvement.

REALTOR® Magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers and it is published by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

bg-quote-open_47I want to thank REALTOR® Magazine and the judges for selecting me as a semi-finalist for the “30 under 30” feature. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the

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For the first time in years, the number of people facing foreclosures is declining.  This means that the end of the crisis is in sight.  There is a long road back to stability ahead of us, but it does not look like things will get worse. 

This long road ahead is due to the fact that the housing values have dropped to roughly half of their peak.  These deeply discounted houses will put pressure on home prices for years to come.  Mike Larson, a real estate analyst with Weiss Research said, “Housing is on a path to recovery but it’s going to be a very long, gradual process.”

The good news is that it has begun to change.  The percentage of borrowers who missed just one payment on their home loans fell to 3.6 percent in the October-to-December quarter from 3.8

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Sales of existing single-family homes in Florida rose 44 percent in fourth quarter 2009 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the latest housing statistics from Florida Realtors®. A total of 43,926 existing homes sold statewide in 4Q 2009; during the same period the year before, a total of 30,610 existing homes sold. It marks the sixth consecutive quarter that Florida has seen higher existing year-to-year home sales, according to the state association.

Statewide sales of existing condominiums in the fourth quarter rose 93 percent compared to the same time the previous year. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter for increased statewide sales in both the existing home and condo markets compared to year-ago levels.

To gain insight into

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I guess when Governor Charlie Crist said in 2007, that he wanted taxes to “drop like a rock”, he was not kidding! Florida property taxes dropped by $2.28 billion, or 7.5 percent, over the past three years because of tax-cutting measures approved by the Legislature and voters!

What initially prompted the tax cut was that the overall property tax collections nearly doubled from 2000 through 2006, triggering an outcry from taxpayers that resulted in the tax-cutting measures that started in 2007. Later that year a law was passed to roll back and cap property taxes and then put a constitutional amendment on the January 2008 ballot that voters adopted for additional tax savings.

One reason property taxes haven’t dropped even more is because of the Save

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